May 22, 2006
Members Present: Kevin Bertelsen, Alicia Acken Cosgrove, Carmen Croonquist, Sarah Egerstrom, Brad Gee, Mark Kinders, Gretchen Link, Jason Neuhaus, Cara Rubis, Travis Tubré
Members Absent: Kimberly Gould-Speckman, Amber Tubré
Call to order at 2:06 PM
Approval of 4/24/06 minutes. Motion made by J. Neuhaus. Seconded by G. Link. S. Egerstrom asked that under the Chair's Report, in the section titled Change in Timing of Academic and Classified Staff Awards, that the last sentence be deleted. Revised minutes were unanimously approved.
Chair's Report (S. Egerstrom)
Fall Orientation Schedule
Academic Staff Leadership Conference in Eau Claire: July 13 and 14
UW-River Falls Academic Staff Performance Review
Representative's Report (K. Gould-Speckman)
Legislative Update (M. Kinders)
New Business (S. Egerstrom)
Nominations for the position of Vice Chair were asked three times. Motion made by M. Kinders to nominate C. Rubis. Seconded by T. Tubré. Nomination accepted by C. Rubis. Motion made by G. Link to nominate C. Croonquist. There was no second to that motion. Motion to approve made by J. Neuhaus. Seconded by M. Kinders. Unanimously approved.
Nominations for the position of Secretary were asked three times. Motion made by G. Link to nominate J. Neuhaus. There was no second to that motion. Motion made by T. Tubré to nominate B. Gee. Seconded by K. Bertelsen. Nomination accepted by B. Gee. Motion to approve made by T. Tubré. Seconded by J. Neuhaus. Unanimously approved.
Mary Halada: Pay-Plan, Health Insurance
S. Egerstrom spoke in regard to the health insurance. S. Egerstrom stated that she will gather more information from M. Halada
River Falls Days (G. Link)
Chamber Golf (G. Link)
Registration (S. Egerstrom)
Two New Hires in Enrollment Services (S. Egerstrom)
Adjourned at 2:54 PM. Motion made by G. Link. Seconded by J. Neuhaus. Unanimously approved.
2005- 06 University of Wisconsin System Council
of Academic Staff Representatives
As part of his Communications Initiative, President Reilly has been meeting
with editorial boards and Chancellors have been meeting with local legislators.
Other activities include:
As a result of these activities, there have been a number of positive
President Reilly added that in the past six years, the UW System has been cut by $400 million, cut 1000 positions, and added 3800 students.
The Faculty Representatives began the discussion with President Reilly by noting that they have concerns with recruitment, retention, and morale. The Star Fund has hit hard on faculty morale. Regarding the Growth Agenda, they asked questions about the process for developing the budget initiatives on campus. The process was very fast and did not allow time for adequate governance input. The Faculty Representatives also raised concerns about UWS7; the suspension without pay could be a back door way of getting at faculty administration doesn't like. Other issues raised include getting more of a faculty voice at Regents' meetings, annual background checks, and the UW System's poor public image.
Academic Staff Representatives also raised concerns about the disciplinary process; there is no language shared specifically about academic staff. They were pleased that the UW System now has an agenda, and is not just reactive. With a lot of new chancellors, they need to be made aware of governance and Chapter 36.
There was further discussion on the Growth Agenda regarding the need for further communication and buy-in by faculty and staff. There is resistance because of concerns that we can't afford the students we have now. President Reilly explained the importance of this strategy for additional resources for the UW System.
There was also further discussion of governance issues and the need for top administrators to understand Chapter 36. Suggestions were made to include these issues in Chancellors' and Regents' orientation.
Separate meetings were then held for both the Faculty Representatives and the Academic Staff Representatives.
The meeting of the Academic Staff Representatives began with the approval of the minutes from the April 20 meeting, with minor edits.
Judy Blackstone from UW-Eau Claire led the discussion of the Academic Staff Leadership Conference. They are looking to have a Board member and a legislator speak at the conference. Anyone interested in presenting at the conference should contact Judy. Suggestions were made for a panel on adjunct academic staff, breaking barriers between instructional and administrative academic staff, and governance comparisons by campus. A question was raised about the number of academic staff allowed per campus. There are no limits, but some campuses only support a certain number. For the 2007 Academic Staff Leadership Conference, UW-Superior is planning for June 28th and 29th.
Regarding AB1147, Cora Marrett and Bill Steffenhagen noted that the bill did not get out of committee.
Regarding criminal background checks, concern was raised that this was an overreaction to the situation. This issue is not going to the Board in June.
Regarding academic staff reps presence at Board meetings, this would be worked out over e-mail. Cora Marrett suggested that she could recognize faculty and academic staff reps at the first Board meeting of the academic year. Another issue discussed was the attendees at the Academic Staff dinner with the Board of Regents; the suggestion was made that those selected should be part of academic staff governance. Finally, the idea of joint meetings with the Faculty and Academic Staff Reps was raised.
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